From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething. : Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( ): Conn Iggulden: Books. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. If the Roman Empire had taken as long to rise and Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( Emperor Series Book 1) – Kindle edition by Conn Iggulden. Download it once and read it.

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Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Rarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly capturing the essence of a land, a people, a legend.

Conn Iggulden is just such a writer, bringing to vivid life one of oc most fascinating eras in human history.

In a true masterpiece of historical fiction, Iggulden takes us on a gstes journey through ancient Rome, sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions. What emerges is both a grand romantic tale of coming-of-age in the Roman Empire and a vibrant portrait of the hates years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth: On the lush Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape.

At its heart is the city of Rome, a place of glory and decadence, beauty and bloodshed. Against this vivid backdrop, two boys are growing to manhood, dreaming of battles, fame, and glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator, a boy of privilege and ambition to whom much has been given and from whom much is expected.

The other is a bastard child, a boy of strength and cunning, whose love for his adoptive family—and his adoptive brother—will be the most powerful force in his life. For Gaius, the equally deadly infighting of the Roman Senate will be the battlefield where he hones his courage and skill. And for both, the love of an extraordinary slave girl will be an honor each will covet but only one will win.

The two friends are forced to walk different paths, and by the time they meet again everything will have changed.

Both will have known love, loss, and violence. And the land where vates were once innocent will be thrust into the grip gwtes bitter conflict—a conflict that will set Roman against Igggulden.

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Brilliantly interweaving history and adventure, Conn Iggulden conjures a stunning array of contrasts—from the bloody stench of a battlefield to the opulence of the greatest city in history, from the tenderness of a lover to the treachery of an assassin. Superbly rendered, grippingly told, Emperor, The Gates of Rome is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction. Read more Read less.

Books In This Series 5 Books. Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Death of Kings: The Blood of Gods: Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly If the Roman Empire had taken as long to rise and fall as this novel takes to discover a main character and a plot, most of the world would still be wearing togas today. The story, such as it is, revolves around two boys: Gaius, the broody son of a wealthy senator, and Marcus, a prostitute’s mischievous child who is reared as Gaius’s brother and trained with him in the arts of war.

Before the two boys reach majority, they are thrust into adulthood by the untimely death of Gaius’s father and take up residence in Rome with Gaius’s uncle Marius, a powerful consul who is vying with Sulla for control of the Republic. When Marcus is 14, he joins the Fourth Macedonian Legion to earn his fortune; Gaius remains by his uncle’s side. Iggulden lingers long over boyhood pranks, trying the reader’s patience; the pace picks up only halfway through the novel.


Frequent fight scenes, ranging from individual combat to full scale battles, liven the mix somewhat, but the cartoon-like ability of the characters to bounce back after a few stitches weakens the effect. Though Iggulden has a solid grounding in Roman military history, anachronisms in speech and attitude “Cabera took him outside and gave him a hiding” roll underfoot and trip up authenticity.

A major twist toward the end reveals the protagonists to be two of Roman history’s best-known figures, but readers with some knowledge of the period will have guessed their identities already. This is ultimately little more than a protracted introduction to a bigger story, which Iggulden will surely go on to tell. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. English writer Iggulden’s first novel is the story of two young boys-Gaius and Marcus, raised as brothers though one is illegitimate-as they grow to adulthood in Rome two millennia ago.

At that time, the republic was beginning to fall apart, a collapse that would result in the civil wars that brought the emperors to power. It was a time of turmoil, chaos, revolutions, casual violence, and savage brutality, and Iggulden’s descriptions of the culture and environment are vivid.

Although covering a period unknown to most lay readers, Emperor is a surprisingly fast and often exciting read. Iggulden admits to taking some liberties with history, and his masking the identities of Gaius and Marcus is unnecessary and distracting. While the real identity of Marcus Et tu, Brute? Also, the roles of historical warlords Marius and Sulla are not well clarified. Still, this entertaining historical novel will appeal to fans of Steven Pressfield and Michael Curtis Ford.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. My problem with the book is coonn it rewrites history.

Doing so is fine if that is clearly an author’s stated intent – as in a novel with the premise that Ceasar did not die in 44BC or if Germany had won WWII. Who can say that a described event could not have happened. BUT, changing actual historic events both as to their timing and their method and changing gatfs age of known historical characters is not, to me appropriate. WHO that person actually is in the book is not revealed until the last page which would have gatse me toss the book across the room in disgust but since it was a Kindle, not a book, I refrained.

I was very disappointed with the shabby treatment of known historical facts. OTOH, I will admit that it is well written and that if adherence to historical reality is of no consequence, it is an interesting read and seems well researched from a life-in-ancient-Rome point gtaes view.

Conn Iggulden is a top notch novelist and The Gates of Rome is fast paced and absorbing. It is the story of young Julius Caesar, his arduous training for the rigors of the Roman soldiery and his early involvement in Roman politics at the side of his uncle Marius. He knows that Marius was not captured igulden killed in a battle for Rome against Iggupden, but died in his bed during his last consulship. He knows all of this and yet iggulddn to present an entirely altered version of the history.

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Iggulden tosses in tidbits of Roman history from time to time, but without any regard as to whether the statements are true. For example, this gem: It had taken a man like Scipio to take his head and that of his brother. Scipio was in Spain at the time.

Iggulden even repeats the old canard that the Romans salted the earth around Carthage to prevent the city from ever rising again. There is no evidence in ancient literature that they did this.

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In fact, the pragmatic Romans would not have wasted salt, which was a precious resource, and would not have wanted to despoil land which could be farmed to feed the growing population of the empire. Twenty-five years after the destruction of Carthage, Gaius Gracchus, as tribune, attempted to found dome Roman colony at Carthage. The Romans finally rebuilt Carthage under Augustus. A lot of people can’t seem to understand that historical igtulden is – fiction!

As such, while ideally the more accurate the history the better, still it is the fiction that is also important. So while I liked his book on Kublai Khan, who I knew next to nothing about, when one is more familiar with Rome, it tends to jar more.

I could live with rrome placing the rostrum inside the senate chamber instead of it being an outdoor rmoe for speeches and announcements. And not so much on the historical facts, or style of speaking it is written in English, not Latin.

However, I don’t share the author’s love of describing appendix operations or arm removal in absolute detail, with every drop of blood or tendon being cut and scream of pain. I’m a big fan of Roman History and have studied it extensively: I’ve been to Rome and all over Italy more times than I can count. I type that, not to pass myself off as an expert, but in the hopes that this information will put my review in context.

I enjoyed the writing style and the story line a lot but really struggle with how badly mis-characterized some of the major historical figures are. Octavian is one of my favorite people in history and this books absolutely misses the boat on him and that flaw alone drives me batty to the point of distraction.

With each historical character, it feels as if Igguiden didn’t even attempt to tap into their writings or exploits in order to th his story and the characters with reality.

It’s hard to rate, in that I’ve read and enjoyed these books, but in order to do roe, I had to divorce myself from any knowledge or sense of who these men and women were in real life, or, more appropriately, how I envisioned them to be.

In summary, my neurosis and love of this period in Roman History keeps bumping into my overt affection for it. I will read anything about this time period because I love it, but that very reading and studying caused me to hate how he drew the characters up. In the end, the rating is “like it” and I did, but, if this were presented as a fiction about characters the author created, then it would be five stars.

There are so many historical errors in this If you read this book to learn about the life of Julius Caesar, you will be disappointed. There are so many historical errors in this book that I had to keep looking at the title of the book to remind me that it was about Julius Caesar. I gave up, and read the book as a fantasy, as if I were reading about Conan the Barbarian or some other fantasy character.